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Undergraduate Course: Graphic Design Agency Intern (DESI08100)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is intended for first year students who will work as interns with peers across different year groups and work collectively towards a common objective regardless of experience. They will have the ability to apply to an established in-house student graphic design agency. These agencies, mentored by industry professionals will respond to briefs and self-initiated projects. Students will also be guided through the principles and practice behind the world of the graphic design agency. The student agencies experience work-like scenarios within the safety of the academic environment, developing rounded, real world skill sets, such as design thinking, risk-taking, selling, presenting, delegating and networking.
Course description This course asks the question 'What is a graphic design agency?' Through practical projects and collaboration with peers in senior years, students will begin to understand the guiding principles and practice of a commercial design agency. Through the production of a reflective journal students will learn to disseminate their ideas and make initial decisions about their practice, context and career path.

On this course students will be expected to gain a broad knowledge of the discipline and implement basic skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the subject. They will discover that innovation can occur through collaborations, connections and relationships with others. Students will take account of their own and others roles and responsibilities in carrying out tasks and will learn new methods of working - relevant to whatever field they subsequently choose. Essentially, students undertaking the course gain valuable employability attributes and essential personal, professional and transferable skills.

This Course will comprise multiple tasks and projects. The indicative course structure is outlined on LEARN.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Graphic Design Agency Junior (DESI08099)
Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. For all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.

It is recommended students undertaking DESI08100 do not take DESI08099 beforehand. The recommended order of these courses is DESI08100 followed by DESI08099 in the next academic year.
Additional Costs Approx £30. Minimal costs related to visits plus materials students may wish to purchase to facilitate their practice such as printing, paper, props etc.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis Course is only open to students with an Art /Design background.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  27
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24, External Visit Hours 1, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 2 hours - other study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment
At the end of the Course the students will submit the following:
Reflective Journal
Submit completed journal which records and reflects upon your day to day experience and understanding of design agency.¿

Formative Assessment:
Reflective Journal
Submit work in progress through the reflective journal which records your day to day experience and understanding of design agency.¿

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Reflective Journal (100%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3
Feedback Formative Feedback
Mid-way through the Course students will be given verbal feedback.

Summative Feedback
At the end of the Course students will be given written feedback plus summative grades within 15 days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of classic design agency structures and methods of working.
  2. Reflect upon their role as an intern within a group context.
  3. Communicate a personal direction and career plan to an audience.
Reading List
Shaughnessy, A. How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
Taylor, F. How to Create a Portfolio & Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Cottrell, S. Skills for Success
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Accountability work with others in support of current professional practice under guidance.
Personal Effectiveness be open, curious and have a desire to meet new challenges.
Exercise initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities.
KeywordsGraphic Design,Teamwork,Agency,Commercial,Projects,Peer Learning,Professional Skills,Interns
Course organiserMs Zoe Patterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5720
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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